The best food festival around: Feast!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to enjoy all the amazing foodie goodness that Portland has to offer. This will be my second year attending and I cannot wait to check out the Smoked event. I get to explore the food made by 22 world-class chefs and an array of cocktails, fine wines and craft beers to cool it all down, too. I have already planned out my day to make sure I can fit all that food into my belly.

This Smoked event is sold out, but there’s still a way to get in if you buy “The Package”. The Package will get you into 5 amazing events: Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting, the Sandwich Invitational, the Night Market, Smoked!, and Brunch Village. If that’s out of your budget there are still a ton of other events available. Check out their schedule to see if there’s one that sparks your interest.

Hope to see you there!

– Chelsey

P.S. The image above is from Feast. I was provided with a free ticket to Smoked! in exchange for this blog post.


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Rainbow Vertical Garden DIY

What do you do when you have a small yard and chickens that eat all the plants they can find? You build yourself a vertical rainbow garden! I’m sure a couple of our more sneaky chickens will find a way into some of our newly planted veggies, but for now it will work just fine.

One of our main goals this summer was to clean up our small backyard and make it more livable. I’ve said this before, but our yard is just a big dirt pit. We tore down our detached garage a couple years ago and it’s so sad back there. It needs so much work and our vertical garden is a step in the right direction. It’s amazing how such a small update can really change the feel of a space. I love the bright pop of color against our fence.

Do you want to make this vertical rainbow garden for your yard? As long as you have a few basic tools it’s pretty easy to make.

Supplies needed:

  • 8 wooden crates (mine are from Michaels)
  • a variety of colorful outdoor spray paint (I used Rust-oleum)
  • clear acrylic spray sealer
  • 4 treated wood posts (1″ x 1″ x 8′)
  • 64 wood screws
  • landscape fabric
  • potting soil
  • plants


Step 1: In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors and wearing a mask) follow the directions on the back of the spray can and paint your crates.

Step 2: When you are happy with the color of the painted boxes you can seal the boxes with the clear spray (this will help the boxes last a bit longer outside).

Step 3: Plan out a pattern for your vertical garden. Be sure to consider what kind of plants you want. You might need more crates with more vertical growing space for most plants.

Step 4: When you have your pattern figured out, measure out and cut the treated wood posts to the length you need (be sure you cut posts for the front and back of the vertical garden). Add about 3 inches to the length of each post so the boxes don’t sit right on the ground. Cutting tip: if you don’t have a saw to cut the wood, don’t worry. Most home improvement stores will cut the posts to length for you if you have your measurements ready.

Step 5: Connect the posts to the sides of the crates using wood screws.

Step 6: Measure inside the crates to find out the size you need line the inside of the crate with the landscape fabric. Cut out 8. Line the inside of the crates with the landscape fabric and fill with dirt. Use some scissors to trim the excess fabric.

Step 7: Plant all your veggies and you are done! Since the vertical garden is tall and skinny you might need to secure the piece to something, like a fence!

What do you think? Do you love my vertical garden? I do. SO much. Every time I look out my window into the backyard I get to see this colorful garden and it makes me smile.

With over 800 new styles of craft paint, Michaels has more paints for more surfaces! Check out some of their new finishes including ultra metallic & watercolor and get started on your next DIY! Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share this craft paint DIY with you.

The Most Delicious Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe + Mango Banana Ice Cream Recipe

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

The weather is getting nicer and we are spending more time outside! One of our favorite things to do on a nice weekend day is let the chickens out in the front yard while we have a little picnic. Rubbermaid has asked me to share a favorite meal idea with you guys, so for this picnic we made some yummy Chicken Tikka Masala with rice or cauliflower rice (for any of you that are not eating rice right now, cauliflower rice is delicious). This meal takes quite a bit of time, but it’s worth it. This might be the 5th time we’ve made this meal in the past year? I love leftovers and with this meal we usually have a couple more days of leftovers for my lunch or dinners. Yay! Want to know how we made it? The recipe we use is actually from Serious Eats and you can find the ingredients list and the link to the original recipe below, along with a few tips from my husband for how he cooks this recipe. PLUS: I’ve also shared a Mango Banana Ice Cream recipe for your desert and there’s a giveaway.

The ingredients needed for this Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe:

  • 5 pounds bone-in chicken pieces (we actually used 12 skinless and boneless thighs)
  • 3 tablespoons toasted ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons toasted paprika
  • 2 tablespoon toasted ground coriander seed
  • 2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 cloves garlic, grated on the medium holes of a box grater, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated on the medium holes of a box grater, divided
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 3/4 cup fresh juice from 4 to 6 lemons, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly mashed
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • optional: rice or cauliflower rice

To get the full directions for this recipe head on over to Serious Eats.

Here are a couple of tips my husband has for the recipe: My husband prefers to use skinless and boneless thighs for the recipe. The original recipe calls for bone in chicken. He also like to barbecue the chicken on skewers for a little extra smokey flavor. If you don’t want to barbecue the original recipe tells you how to cook it under the broiler.

When it comes to marinating the meat my husband suggests putting the meat and sauce in a container that seals and most of the air can be squeezed out of it. These Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers are perfect for this, especially since they are leak proof and stain resistant food storage containers. This sauce will stain everything and these are the perfect meal prep containers!

After dinner we enjoyed some yummy Mango Banana “Ice Cream” and Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream” (with no refined sugars) for desert. I shared how to make the Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream here, but this is the first time I made this mango ice cream and the recipe is below.

Mango Banana “Ice Cream” Recipe:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 10 ounces frozen mango pieces
  • about a 1/4 cup of cold water


  • Cut the bananas into coins and place on a plate. Freeze the bananas for about 2 hours.
  • Place the bananas into a food processor. Blend until all the bananas are smooth like soft serve ice cream. Add the mango pieces and blend until the mango is chopped up. You might need a little bit of water to make the ice cream a bit smoother, so slowly add a little water and blend until it looks like soft serve again.
  • That’s it! You’re “ice cream” is done and ready to eat. If you freeze this ice cream again you will need to let it thaw out just a bit before serving so it’s softer. Make sure you store the banana ice cream in an airtight container, like the Rubbermaid container I used.

Do you like to have front yard picnics? I know our daughters love it. The best thing about doing a picnic in the front yard, instead of an open park, is we can close our gate and our 18 month old can’t escape out into the road.


Rubbermaid wants to share something fun with you! One lucky person can win a 10-piece set of Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers! How do you win? I like to make it easy. Just answer the question below in the comments of this blog post. For an EXTRA entry head on over to my Instagram and enter there on my Chicken Tikka Masala IG post. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on June 2nd, 2017.

Here’s your question: What is your favorite food to eat at a picnic?

– Chelsey

P.S. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® and I use affiliate links on my blog.

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